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Locomotive profile: EMD F40PH series diesel electric locomotives

By | March 16, 2020

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Metra No. 166 leads a train at Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2011.
Metra No. 166 leads a train at Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2011.
Metra No. 166 leads a train at Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2011.
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F40PH-series

•YEARS BUILT: 1976-1988

•MANUFACTURERS: Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, GMD of Canada

•OPERATED ON: Amtrak, GO Transit, MBTA, Metra, Via Rail Canada

•NAMES: F40PH, F40PHR, F40PH-2, F40PH-2M, F40PH-2C, F40PHM-2C; nicknames, Winnebago, Screamer, Thunder Box, Thunder Wagon

•QUANTITY: 486

•HORSEPOWER: 3,000

•KNOWN FOR: Mainstay of Amtrak’s locomotive fleet in the 1970s and 1980s

•STATUS: Many sold to metropolitan commuter operations and tourist railroads, and still operate today; still in operation in large quantities on Chicago’s Metra commuter railroad

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